Discovering Turnover

Not too many months ago, a friend started his car, plugged in his phone, and began playing an album I was unfamiliar with. As we slowly made our way out of a parking garage, an amazing song started playing on the speakers. It started off pretty subtle, but suddenly built up and I knew he just introduced me to what would become one of my favorite bands. And when I found out that they would be coming to San Diego, I was elated. On Friday, Oct. 27 Turnover played a show at the Irenic for $16 and it was fantastic.

Over the years, Turnover’s sound has definitely shifted and their music has transformed from melancholy to optimistic. Their newest album, “Good Nature,” is a nod to sunny California vibes, as opposed to their previous record, “Peripheral Vision,” which was more moody and emotional. Personally, “Peripheral Vision” is my favorite Turnover album and there is not a single song I dislike. It is a perfect album that “Good Nature” just can’t compete with. I felt as though the album could not capture the intense emotions that encompassed their prior release. “Good Nature” was good, but when I think of Turnover I will immediately relate them to the first album I heard: “Peripheral Vision.” At the show, they played a majority of their songs off of their newest release, but thankfully they played a couple of crowd favorites from their older work. This hyped up and pleased the crowd, including myself.

Seeing Turnover live was an overall good experience and they sounded exactly like their records, which impressed me. Their music is fantastic and reminds me of good vibes and nostalgic memories. I highly recommend checking out their music and seeing them live! I know I will definitely see them again whenever they return to San Diego.

From the Founders of Funk

Many artists that we listen to today inspire us, but we never really seem to think about or ask who inspired them. George Clinton, the founder of funk bands Funkadelic, Parliament and joint band Parliament-Funkadelic, helped to establish the basis of funk music and culture in the ’60s and ’70s. Other music has since been influenced by these funk bands, such as Childish Gambino’s latest album, “Awaken, My Love!”, which was inspired by his childhood listening to Funkadelic. Dr. Dre has also used Funkadelic’s music in his songs as samples. George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic’s music has not only inspired Gambino and Dre, but other artists as well, such as Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash.

Funk music is composed of jazz, R&B and soul elements that Funkadelic, Parliament and Parliament-Funkadelic definitely exude. Some of their popular songs include “Flashlight,” “P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up),” “Atomic Dog,” “Maggot Brain,” “Hit It and Quit It” and “Can You Get to That.” All these songs are rhythmic, lively and fun to listen to. Personally, while listening to nearly any of their songs, I can imagine myself in a disco on a Saturday night.

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic still tour, despite how long they’ve been around. I actually attended a show they played in San Diego at the Observatory in North Park on Monday, October 23rd. The disco ball was shining high above us throughout the venue, everyone was extremely lively and I definitely enjoyed the show. All the musicians were talented, but the guitarists and wind instruments stood out to me the most. George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic are definitely people I would recommend seeing if you are interested in funk music, any modern hip hop, or in having a fun time in general.

Psychedelic Summer of Love

This year marks the 50th anniversary of 1967’s famous Summer of Love in San Francisco. The Summer of Love attracted hundreds of thousands of people in the Haight-Ashbury district to bring about the popularization of psychedelic and hippie fashion, art and music, not only in America, but also all over the world.

During 1967, America was at war in Vietnam and the people who participated in the Summer of Love were strongly against the violence taking place. They actively encouraged peace and love, which helped form the hippie ideals we are familiar with today. Luckily, I grew up in Northern California, an hour and a half away from San Francisco. I was able to explore and learn about the wonders that have come from Haight-Ashbury firsthand. After countless visits to the area itself, going to the de Young Museum’s Summer of Love exhibit, and watching documentaries on musicians that were popular during that time, I grew an unfathomable love for the music and culture that sprung from the Summer of Love.

Inspired by the effects of psychedelic culture, psychedelic music often featured long guitar solos, electric sounds, blues, jazz and folk influences in order to enhance the experience of reality. Though there were many musical talents associated with the popularization of psychedelic music during this time, a few notable ones include the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin). All these artists, along with many more, performed at the legendary Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, which helped secure the popularity of psychedelic music for decades to come.

Fifty years later, the Summer of Love of 1967 continues to influence what we see in contemporary pop culture, whether we notice it or not. You’d be surprised at how much of it is woven into your daily life. If you’ve ever been interested in the origins of psychedelic music and hippie culture, I encourage you to look into it and find out where it all comes from.

Honestly, you may even fall in love with all of it, just like I did.

The Garden at The Irenic

After seeing The Garden for the first time at the SOMA in San Diego with The Frights’ YOU ARE GOING 2 HATE THIS FEST back in February, I fell in love with the musically talented twins, Wyatt and Fletcher. They have an energetic stage presence, unique musical sound and one-of-a-kind style. So, when I heard they were going to come to San Diego on tour, I bought a ticket as soon as possible. Then, on Sunday, Oct. 8, The Garden played a show at The Irenic in North Park.

The Garden have coined their own genre, which they call “vada vada.” Wyatt describes it as, “an idea that represents pure creative expression, that disregards all previously made genres and ideals.”

This show was a part of The Garden’s ongoing North American tour. It started back in September, when they opened for Mac Demarco.

Besides being in The Garden, both twins have invested time into their own solo projects, creating other musical styles of their own and showcasing their individual talents and creative visions. Fletcher’s band is called Puzzle and Wyatt’s is called Enjoy.

Their show at The Irenic was high-energy, lively and extremely sweaty.

A local alternative San Diego band, Fake Tides opened for The Garden with a 40 minute set and got us hyped for Wyatt and Fletcher to take the stage.

The Garden kicked off their set with a song from their 2015 album, “haha,” called “Red Green Yellow.” Fans were already getting wild in the mosh pit and crowd surfing. Throughout the night, they also played songs off their most recent EP, “U Want the Scoop?” and previous albums. They managed to keep the entire crowd pumped during their entire hour and a half set.

Tickets were $14 and were well worth it, considering how much fun we had that night. We would definitely love to see The Garden again whenever they come back to San Diego.